Monday, December 15, 2014

The Ripley's Aquarium of Canada: Making A Splash In Toronto!

I love getting away with the family for mini vacations, and this past weekend we took the kids (along with my sister and her family, and my parents) to Toronto for the weekend. We travel to Toronto with the children as often as we can, and this trip was planned so we could attend my mom's art show, see my best friends, do some shopping in Yorkville for the holidays, and enjoy a nice stay at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville once again. We had a sweet drive up in a Chevy Traverse—thanks again, Chevrolet Canada, for lending me this awesome vehicle for our road trip—the kids, of course, LOVED it, and so did we!

A highlight of our trip was visiitng The Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, right in the heart of Toronto. It was, without a doubt, an amazing experience and everyone loved it. (Thank you to Ripley's for providing me and my family with media passes for our visit!)


The Ripley's Aquarium of Canada opened its doors last fall and since then, it has been one of the most visisted and talked about attractions in Toronto for residents and tourists.

There are 16,000 marine animals, 5.7 million litres of water, and 50 live exhibits. It was an oasis of water, and it was so beautiful to experience. It reminded me of the Atlantis in Bahamas.



We loved the Discovery Centre, and seeing so many cool fish like octopus, the tropical freshwater fish, American Eels, the American Lobster (one of the large lobsters was 75 years old!) and the blue lobster. We saw tube anemones, Sea Pens, huge crabs, and adorable clownfish. (Hi, Nemo!)


The Dangerous Lagoon section was our favourite, with the long, walking runway. We were able to get up close and personal with some of the scariest and coolest looking sharks and stingrays and hung out with sea turtles, potatoe cod, venomous fish, and pirhanas.


Another cool section was the Jellyfish section... they are so fascinating and scary!


There were 100 interactive displays and 6 play zones for children, so the fun never stopped. It was a great way to spend our morning. Of course, no visit is complete without a stop at the gift shop, and the kids took home a special souvenir to remember their first visit to the Aqaurium.




If you haven't had a chance to visit The Ripley's Aquarium of Canada yet, make sure you make plans to visit soon. Passes would make a great holiday gift, too! It was a wonderful, educational and fun vist for everyone.

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Ripley's Aqaurium of Canada for providing me and my family media passes for our visit to the Aquarium. We loved every minute and can't wait to visit again!

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